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to see the enemy combatant issue become a major issue for the obama administration. >> roger, the fact they are putting this special safety categorization right now, the saturday for the greater community, how long can that last? is there a time frame in which it will expire and they must mirandize him, get him an attorney if he wants one? >> well, i trust what pete williams says on these things and there is a period of time, 36 to 48 hours. it's somewhat fudgible. it will defend when aware enough and coherent enough to begin to answer questions. but remember, the exception is about imminent threat. does he know of any other terrorist plots? has he planted any other devices? it's about the immediate safety and security of american citizens. and once law enforcement has concluded that is not an issue anymore based on his questions, they'll then move on to what will be the traditional questioning and interrogation within the constructs of the civilian law system. >> that's to figure out what went down in all this, but how do investigators begin determining whether or not they were part o
to handle him as what they describe as an enemy combat talent. the obama administration doesn't use that term anymore it allows for an indefinite detention of someone under national security concerns. that's what they are hoping for. we will see what the justice department decides, they haven't yet. but certainly, this issue will find its way to washington. there are various house and senate committees that have already said they plan to investigate exactly issues leading up to this explosion and then the subsequent manhunt and investigation and surely those concerned about how the administration handles him in the coming days. no surprise that this group has already said that they would like this because they say frankly, this is what it's for. you find a terrorist on u.s. soil, this is how they should be treated. democrats this after the into, some have already turned around and said, look, the administration is doing just fine on this, this san american citizen, he has to be afforded his rights, the justice department is acting a i appropriate. >> adrian, our pete williams is rep
this person should be declared an enemy combatant, not given miranda warning and should be subject to a military-style interrogation. the obama administration will never go for that. they believe suspects who commit crimes here should be treated in the criminal justice system. that's what they will intend to do. >> michael leiter who was, among other things, in the room the night of the bin laden raid when it was planned and orders carried out from the situation room. former head of counter terrorism for this country, michael, walk us through what is likely to happen now. what's the first set of official eyeballs that will sit down across from or ride with this suspect. especially for those of us who would simply like to know what it takes for a 19-year-old to be convinced that putting a bomb down next to little kids is a good idea. >> brian, as pete mentioned during the christmas day bomber in 2009, we hadn't fully established a protocol and discussion about how a terror suspect would be interrogated. we worked through the problem more. there will have already been prethis arrest
system as opposed to somebody who is treated as an enemy combatant and by the way an american citizen may be treated as an enemy combatant will be a political hot potato. i don't think there's any question how the obama administration will come down on it. >> we move on. >> yes, we do. >>> as we mentioned, president obama appeared at the white house briefing room last night. he thanked authorities and said many unanswered questions remain. nbc's kristen welker is there this morning. kristen, good morning to you. >> all in all this has been a tough week. >> reporter: in a late-night appearance in the white house briefing room, president obama praised the quick work of the fbi, state and local officials who brought an end to five days of terror. >> and tonight because of their determined efforts we've closed an important chapter in this tragedy. >> reporter: administration officials say fbi director robert mueller broke the news to the president that federal agents had arrested the second suspect. homeland security adviser lisa monaco also briefed the president. >> how did they plan and car
urging the obama administration to consider not mirandizing, not using the standard procedures of due process for someone in a criminal proceeding but to make them an enemy combatant or some other parallel legal regime. i imagine investigators are proceeding according to the textbook in this case, which is essentially due process, u.s. constitution, doj procedure, is that right? pete? okay. all right. we now have someone on the phone, we have someone who grew up with dzhokar tsarnaev. she asked to go by her first name only. she went to school from 6th to 12th grade with him. is that right? >> yes, we went to the school around the corner and had recess together. from freshman to my senior year in high school. >> can i ask you to turn the tv down in there, if that's all right? >> yeah, no problem. >> we have on the phone andrenea. friends with suspect number two. we believe he is pinned down in a boat in a backyard. >> hello? >> can you tell me what your sense is of dzhokar? >> he was outgoing. a popular kid. he honestly would never hurt a fly. this is really weird to see him in a situa
combatant. how is legal action at this point most likely to move forward? >> reporter: well, the obama administration would never go for that, partly as a policy matter. they have made it quite clear that civilian courts are up to the task and they think in many ways better than military tribunals which are untested. civilian courts have convicted lots of terrorism defendants. it will be a federal case. they'll charge him withes with use of a weapons of mass destruction. the maximum penalty is the death penalty. the government will have to decide whether to seek that or not. there's an additional wrinkle here. he is an american citizen. he was a naturalized citizen last year oddly on 9/11 of last year, and there is an open legal question about whether even if the government wanted to, it could declare an american citizen captured on u.s. soil as an enemy combatant. it's an untested question. the government tried to do it in the case of jose padilla several years ago and as that case was about to go to the supreme court, the government changed its mind and put him into civilian court so
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